Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Agro-industry Officer (Agribusiness and Value Chains)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

  The Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, Agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with divisions, centres and offices at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. RNE also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies RNE develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports Capacity Development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region. The post is located in Cairo, Egypt. Reporting Lines The Agro-Industry Officer (Agribusiness and Value Chains) reports to the Delivery Manager of the Regional Initiative on Small Scale Family Farming. The Agro-Industry Officer (Agribusiness and Value Chains) works in close collaboration with the Food Systems and Food Safety Division (ESF), the Investment Centre (CFI) and other relevant units in FAO. Technical Focus Provides technical assistance and strategic guidance to Members and national institutions on value chain development, agribusiness, market linkages and agro-industry development, including on issues related to food loss and waste reduction, and contributes to of the Regional Initiatives within the framework of regional priorities. Key Results Comprehensive technical and policy expertise provided to support the planning and implementation of FAO programme in accordance with country, regional, and corporate priorities. Key Functions • Plans and leads components of multidisciplinary teams, leads and/or participates on Organization-wide, cross-Departmental committees, project teams, and working groups and/or provides specialized expertise on technical networks and/or international technical policy and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies • Develops technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases, etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of programmes of work, projects, products and/or services • Designs and conducts research, Data Collection, validation, Analysis and/or reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/ specialist/advice and expertise • Responds to country requests for technical and policy assistance, provides technical advice, assistance and solutions to Decentralized Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects • Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within Member Nations such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools • Promotes international cooperation/advocates best practices, increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international/intergovernmental meetings • Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy. Specific Functions  • Supports countries including through contributions to field programme development on food systems, agribusiness and value chain development, from project idea through formulation, approval and implementation. • Contributes to the planning and implementation of the Regional Initiatives in relation with agribusiness and value chain development, with particular focus on the Regional Initiative on small-scale family farming and promoting innovation and e-agriculture applications across value chains in the region. • Serves as focal point within RNE for agri-food systems, agribusiness and value chain development, including food losses and waste reduction and food safety. • Engages in knowledge exchange, networking and partnership building with related to national, regional and/or intergovernmental organizations, private sector, farmers’ organizations and civil society to advance thinking and innovation on food systems, agribusiness and value chain development including through organizing and facilitating international meetings, public-private partnerships, seminars and Training Courses. CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING Minimum Requirements • Advanced university degree in Agricultural Economics, economics, agronomy, engineering, food science and technology, or other related discipline • Seven years of relevant experience in one or more of the following areas: value chain analysis and development, agribusiness and market development, agro-Food Processing, post-harvest handling, and agro-food industry technologies • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) Competencies • Results Focus • Teamwork • Communication • Building Effective Relationships • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement Technical/Functional Skills • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable • Extent and relevance of experience in developing countries and/or in the Near East and North African region • Extent and relevance or knowledge of value-added transformation and technologies of food and agricultural materials, including product quality aspects within food and commodity chains • Extent of experience in post-harvest management, preferably in loss measurement and reduction • Extent and relevance of experience in the analysis, Design, implementation and evaluation of strategies, programmes and projects related to value chain, agribusiness innovation, and/or agro-food industries development • Experience in organizing and facilitating international meetings, public-private partnerships, seminars and training courses in the general area of agro-industries development • Working knowledge of Arabic and/or French will be considered a strong asset
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